Posted April 27, 2013

Shoving match between Nate Robinson, C.J. Watson carries into scorer’s table

2013 NBA playoffs, Ben Golliver, Brooklyn Nets, C.J. Watson, Chicago Bulls, Nate Robinson

Bulls guard Nate Robinson and Nets guard C.J. Watson got into a shoving match that carried into the scorer’s table during the second quarter of Game 4 of an Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at the United Center on Saturday.

With a little more than seven minutes remaining in the second quarter and the Bulls leading 44-38, Robinson and Watson exchanged a few bumps near midcourt as the Nets initiated an offensive possession. Robinson was called for a defensive foul as he reached in looking for a steal, and the two players remained entangled as they walked towards the sideline scorer’s table. Robinson then appeared to shove Watson into the table before a referee and multiple other players looked to intervene and separate the two players.

Robinson and Watson received double technical fouls during the exchange.

An exciting game that looked like a sure Brooklyn victory turned in the fourth quarter when Robinson exploded for a 12-point run all by himself. The 28-year-old guard, in his first season with the Bulls, wound up finishing with a game-high 34 points (on 14-for-23 shooting), four assists and two steals in 29 minutes to help Chicago prevail 142-134 in triple-overtime.

Chicago, the Eastern Conference’s No. 5 seed, now holds a 3-1 series lead over Brooklyn, the No. 4 seed. Game 5 is set for Monday at the Barclays Center.